Suicide prevention the focus of 20th annual World Mental Health Day event

Free event takes place October 10 at Guelph City Hall

Guelph, Ont., October 3, 2019 – All are welcome to Preventing Suicide: Let’s talk about it – a presentation hosted by Mayor Cam Guthrie on Thursday, October 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Guelph City Hall. Register for a free ticket at guelphmentalhealth.eventbrite.ca.

The event will feature three guest speakers:

  • Scott Grant is a clinical social worker who facilitates suicide intervention groups. Scott uses his lived experience with a mental health diagnosis to help provide support and hope to others.
  • Myrna Hutchison is the founder of #GetInTouchForHutch, a youth mental health awareness and advocacy group. Myrna began the organization after she lost her son Steven to suicide in 2013.
  • Cecilia Marie Roberts has trained thousands of community members to be alert to suicide and how to have difficult conversations with loved ones in distress. She is leading a suicide prevention framework for the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington.

The presentation is ideal for individuals, community agencies, and educators who want to learn more about mental health and suicide prevention supports, strategies, and resources available in Guelph and Wellington.

Before and after the speakers’ presentations, which will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 in Council Chambers, attendees are invited to browse an information fair in the City Hall Galleria with tables from local agencies. There will also be an art installation on display from Spark of Brilliance, a community mental health initiative that promotes healing, recovery and discovery through the arts.

Background

World Mental Health Day is observed in 112 countries on six continents. Guelph’s event to mark the day was begun by Mayor Joe Young in 2000, and it has been hosted by Guelph’s mayor every year since. The event aims to promote mental health, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, raise awareness of mental health supports available in Guelph and Wellington, and build connections among policy-makers and service providers.

The event is organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington; Spark of Brilliance; Torchlight; Homewood Health Centre; Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington; and the City of Guelph.

Media contact

Kate Sullivan, Communications Advisor
Mayor’s Office
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2558
kate.sullivan@guelph.ca